Auto-post YouTube videos to Facebook fan pages? Hootsuite does it, but…
Seeing as though one of my latest passions has been learning how to edit videos to update on my church’s YouTube channel (as well as still writing for Examiner.com — no wonder I haven’t updated this site in a while), today I searched around for more effective ways to automatically update the two Facebook pages I’m one of the administrators for with the new YouTube videos.
Yes, Facebook has ways to connect your FB profile with YouTube, like the “Connect your Facebook Account” option that lets you “See YouTube videos your friends share to their profiles,” which is not what we want.
In YouTube, under Account Settings, there’s Activity Sharing, which says “Your activity feed is the actions that you take on YouTube like favoriting, rating, or uploading a video.”
What activities do I share?
Include these actions in my feed: (You can check options like “upload a video” here
Where do I share my activities?
Automatically post my activities to: Facebook yes, but this only gives the option of your personal profile FB page, not the pages you administer
Enter Hootsuite, a tool I like to use for updating between various social networks.
They let you grab the RSS feed address of any site and update your actual Facebook pages, not just profiles.
So I grabbed the RSS feed address of the YouTube channel and put it in Hootsuite, and gave permission to update to the Facebook pages.
Hootsuite actually updated the Facebook page’s status with a link to the new YouTube video, but I didn’t like the way it did it.
I like when FB statuses show the actual thumbnail image of the video and include just a youtube.com url, not a link shortener like ur.ly or whatever.
So it’s back to the drawing board. If anyone knows a way to update it the way I like it, please leave a comment! Thanks!